Opera begins smear campaign against IE 8
There’s an article over at everybody’s favorite internet tabloid The Register about IE 8’s decision to default to Compatibility View (that is, IE 7 emulation) for INTRAnet sites. The article lambastes the IE team for “breaking its promise to embrace web standards.”
You might be wondering, “Why does the author of this article care about intranet sites defaulting to Compatibility View? Doesn’t that make the most sense as it will prevent companies from having unending compatibility problems with IE 8’s new rendering engine, on their sites that were written for IE 6 and which haven’t been updated in years?”
I think the answer is quite simple: The author doesn’t care. So why publish the article?
Because Hakon Lie is the CTO of Opera Software, creators of the very unpopular IE and Firefox competitor of the same name.
Yes, Opera, well known as a band of immature cry babies, are now attempting to smear the IE 8 release with sensationalist “articles” posing as news, and blatant lies about the product.
Lies? Oh yes, like the one about web pages being unable to opt-out of the “broken page icon” that lets users switch to compatibility view for a page. The truth is that the IE blog and release documentation for Beta 2 has made it very clear that websites can control whether or not that icon is displayed (see the bit about the “IE=EmulateIE8” tag). They can also control whether they get the IE 8 engine in an intranet context.
That means that if you’re building a new intranet site and you want to target IE 8’s new more strict standards-mode engine, you just need to add one little header tag in order to override the Compatibility View default. Of course, this little propaganda piece makes no mention of that.
And why would it? It’s written by the cry baby CTO of a failing competitor, not an actual, you know, journalist.